Common and frequently asked questions about Colorado Wildlife and Squirrel Creek Wildlife Rescue.
List Of Questions
Our hours vary by time of year and dependent on the number of wildlife in our care.
Our facility accepts animals between 8:00 AM and 6:30 PM, seven days per week but is closed major holidays and selected other days.
We generally return phone calls between the hours of 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
We make exceptions to our normal hours for emergencies whenever possible.
Although we do provide 24-hour care for critical patients, we focus strictly on animal care and emergencies during these non-peak hours.
Because of limited resources, we do not have dedicated phone staff.
As a result, if we are working on an animal or handling another call, we cannot answer your call.
The best and fastest thing to do is send us an email, or call back in a few minutes.
We do not check voice mail, so please do not leave a message. Just let the phone keep ringing.
Wildlife rehabilitators have permits from state and/or federal governments that allow them to accept and treat animals and that regulate their work. The rehabilitation of mammals, reptiles and amphibians is regulated at a state level while the rehabilitation of birds is regulated at a federal level.
In Colorado, a wildlife rehabilitator that possesses a standard state permit can accept native wild mammals excluding white-striped skunks. A small number of wildlife rehabilitators are permitted to rehabilitate white-striped skunks and bats. No wildlife rehabilitator can accept endangered and threatened species unless they also have an Endangered and Threatened Species Permit.
In order to accept wild birds, a wildlife rehabilitator must also possess a federal wildlife rehabilitation permit as issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Approximately 20% of wildlife rehabilitators in Colorado are permitted for birds and mammals. Again, wildlife rehabilitators must possess state, federal and endangered and threatened species permits to rehabilitate endangered or threatened bird species.
We accept monetary donations the following ways:
• credit card on our website.
• cash, check and credit card in person at our location.
• credit card over the phone.
• check sent to our facility:
Squirrel Creek Wildlife Rescue
8109 Blakeland Drive
Douglas County, CO 80125
We also accept doantions of goods of services – please call us at (303) 791-0500 to make arrangements.
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Squirrel Creek Wildlife Rescue is a 501(c)3 organization so your donation is tax-deductible as permitted under IRS regulations.
We send donation receipts for donations of $20 or more or by request.
You may also request a receipt be mailed or faxed within 60 days of your donation or anytime within one year if $500.00 or more.
You may schedule recurring credit card donations by phoning us at (303) 791-0500, providing your credit card information and the amount and frequency you wish to donate.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org providing the following information:
• Location of automobile (city)
• Is automobile operable?
• Automobile’s year, make, model and condition.
We will then contact you to discuss the best way to proceed.
No, not at this time.
We are an all-volunteer organization that depends on volunteers for all aspects of operations. We couldn’t help a single animal or educate a single person without our volunteers.
Unfortunately we do not have any openings at this this time but please check back later to see updates about positions opening up.
The process starts by completing our Volunteer Application, which is in the Volunteer section of our website.
We will review your completed application and determine the best fit between your areas of interest and your availability and our current needs.
We will then contact you regarding volunteer roles that fit both of our needs.
Please complete and submit this form so our Volunteer Coordinator can review your application against our current volunteer needs.
By submitting this application, I affirm that the facts set forth are true and complete. I understand that if I am accepted as a volunteer, any false statements, omissions, or other misrepresentations made by me on this application may result in immediate dismissal.
I further understand that volunteering at Squirrel Creek Wildlife Rescue is contingent on agreement to abide by Squirrel Creek Wildlife Rescue Volunteer Policies and Procedures and may be contingent on successfully passing a background check.
It is the policy of this organization to provide equal opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual preference, age or disability.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Squirrel Creek Wildlife Rescue!
New volunteers do not generally fill animal care positions unless they have wildlife or veterinary experience.
Volunteers that assist in an animal care capacity are our more experienced volunteers who have grown and developed their knowledge and skills over time.
We are always in need of Vet Techs.
It depends on your son’s or daughter’s age.
All of our on-site volunteer positions require a minimum age of 18 years.
The minimum age for recovery volunteers is 14 if accompanied by their parent.
Certain sewing and constructions projects can be completed off-site and younger children may be eligible to volunteer in those capacities.
If you are unsure, feel free to call us at (303) 791-0500
We use volunteers for everything from running errands, transporting animals, cleaning cages, rescuing animals and triaging at our facility to
Openings and specific positions we are trying to fill vary over time.
Please check back later about open positions.
Frequently Asked Questions
A: We accept all species of native mammals that are generally smaller than a wolf, except for a few varieties. We never accept domestic animals such as dogs, cats, pet turtles or pet birds. We do not accept farm animals such as chickens.
A: There are many reasons why we instruct you not to feed the animal in your care. First and most importantly, you are not trained how to safely feed the animal. Many people that rescue baby animals try to feed them and end up killing them or severely compromising them instead.
A: We would be grateful if you would have a fund raiser at your school, youth group, church or organization for us! You can also set up a fund raising page through First Giving that will allow you to easily fund raise and take credit cards.
A: Simply name Squirrel Creek Wildlife Rescue in your will. We are a registered corporation in Colorado and a 501(c)3 organization. Our EIN # is 46-3752890.
A: In general we do not require appointments. We are open for intakes everyday from 8:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Other times, in order to provide the best possible level of care to every animal we admit, we schedule appointments around our existing patients’ feeding and medication schedules. Many of our patients require feeding and medicating on rigid around-the-clock schedules and failure to adhere to these schedules could negatively impact their survival.
A: The general rule is that we release adult animals back to their original territory and we release young animals at release sites with appropriate habitat. Young animals are usually raised and released in groups – either with siblings or individuals of the same or similar species.
Squirrel Creek Wildlife Rescue is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer organization dedicated to the emergency and extended care of orphaned or injured Colorado wildlife. Our goal is to rehabilitate these animals in a professional manner that allows them to return to their natural habitat and continue their lives in the manner of that species, independent of humans.
In addition to wildlife rehabilitation, we are vitally interested in education and the broader aspects of protecting and restoring the natural habitat of the world we share.
Squirrel Creek Wildlife Rescue endorses the high standards set forth by the National Rehabilitators Association and the International Rehabilitators Council.